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How Does a Tutoring Session Work?

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How many weeks does tutoring last? 

For IU students completing a service-learning requirement for a course, tutoring sessions generally go for 10 weeks, from the week of Labor Day to the week before or after Thanksgiving


For IU students volunteering through a student organization, often they agree to continue until IU finals week, right before Christmas break. This can be very helpful to us, because many of our kiddos need help before and during their exams.


Fall and Spring breaks are factored in to these time frames.

Because of the importance of honoring the mentoring relationship and trust that develops between you and your tutee, we require notice ahead of any absences, from both the tutor and the tutee's family


How are the sessions structured?


Tutoring sessions are broken up into four sections:

  • 5 minutes for Skyward check-in and chat

  • 40 minutes for homework help and skill drills

  • 10 minutes for writing practice to a prompt

  • 5 minutes for handwriting practice

Tutoring session-structure is often strictly adhered to, but can be loosened up, depending upon the needs of your tutee on any given day. 


Do tutors work with a child's teacher to understand the child's needs? 


You will have access to the child's Canvas and Skyward accounts via the login information provided to them by the child. This allows the tutor to see 1) where the student is struggling, and 2) what assignments are missing. Often the tutor will reach out to the teacher to get clarification about this information.


We do ask our tutors to model proactive behavior with the child, encouraging them to not be intimidated by talking to their teacher about assignments and grades.


We focus on helping the student understand how important it is to be honest about their struggles and be respectful to those who are trying to help them succeed. This starts with "please" and "thank you". 


About Tutoring Sessions

​IU Rules for Working with Children Online
  • Communicate with youth through designated Zoom links set up by Brown County Literacy Coalition.

  • Ensure that staff designate their personal social media profiles to “private” so youth cannot befriend or access staff’s personal information.

  • When using video conferencing apps, ensure both staff and youth are aware of their background surroundings and personal appearance or attire in order to maintain professionalism and personal privacy.

  • Use electronic communication strategically to communicate with youth by keeping conversations focused on curriculum or projects, goal attainment, and safety tips, rather than personal details of one’s life.

  • When providing general encouragement or support to youth at this challenging time, keep in mind the necessity to maintain consistent and professional boundaries to protect oneself from false allegations.

  • Ensure any conversation that may be misinterpreted as inappropriate is immediately brought to a supervisor’s attention.

  • Do not engage in any derogatory, demeaning, or humiliating on-line conversations with youth.

  • Do not engage with youth in sexually oriented online conversations, memes or posts.

  • Do not post inappropriate or suggestive comments on pictures/videos on youths’ profile.

  • No recording of virtual youth programming is allowed in order to preserve the privacy of youth participants. Recording of any kind outside of the youth programming guidelines is strictly prohibited.

  • Minors must be treated respectfully and fairly at all times, regardless of their actions, behavior, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other basis in accordance with university policy.  

  • Adults should refrain from conduct that negatively influences the minor’s behavior such as use of profanity, off-color jokes, suggestive banter, discussing inappropriate personal problems or sexual experiences, viewing sexually suggestive materials or making such materials available, any suggestive comments, use of alcohol or drugs or making them available, use of tobacco or e-cigarettes or making them available. 

  • Adults should refrain from all private social media exchanges such as messaging, friending or accepting friend requests from minor program participants. 

  • Adults should refrain from any type of private messaging, personal text messaging, personal calls and email.

Questions? Email

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